Cadent named as principal sponsor of British Science Festival



  • Coventry to host free British Science Festival in September
  • Holbrooks-based gas company Cadent named as principal sponsor for the event
  • Stars of science Alice Roberts, Konnie Huq and BBC’s The Sky at Night team speaking at free events for the public
  • People can book tickets now for events on
 Local Gas Network, Cadent, who have their headquarters in Coventry, have been announced as the principal sponsor of this year’s British Science Festival. The Festival will this year be taking place at the University of Warwick and at venues across Coventry from 10th – 13th September.
This year’s Festival programme was announced at a launch event held last night (Tuesday 25th June), and this year’s events have been curated to highlight the region’s strength in digital technologies, smart cities and the future of energy and healthcare.
Cadent will be leading a number of events at the Festival, focussing on its role in helping to decarbonise heat and its work in providing cleaner fuels for transport. The local firm, who employ close to 5000 people, will also be running a series of talks for local sixth-formers and college students, focussing on future career opportunities in the STEM (Science, technology, engineering and mechanics) sector.
Announcing their sponsorship of the Festival, Cadent’s West Midlands Director, Kate Jones, said: “It is fantastic to see this year’s British Science Festival coming to the Coventry and Warwickshire. Our region has so much to offer in terms of its expertise in cutting edge science and technology, and this is a fantastic opportunity to highlight that.
“Cadent are proud to be sponsoring this year’s Festival, and I look forward to our vision for the future of energy and in inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers”.
The British Science Association’s Ivvet Modinou, Director of the British Science Festival, said: “This year’s programme has shaped up wonderfully and we’re really proud of the great selection of events on offer. Local stories are at the heart of the Festival, showcasing the world-class research that’s impacting on a national and international level.
“It also draws out the breadth and diversity of science by touching on all corners of culture and society, providing something for everybody to enjoy. We look forward to bringing the Festival to Coventry and Warwickshire later this year and welcoming all our Festival-goers with experiences that will surprise, delight, and challenge.”
The British Science Festival is one of Europe’s largest science festivals and regularly attracts hundreds of the UK’s top scientists and speakers to discuss the latest developments in science with the public. It will entertain an audience of non-specialist adults with a broad interest in science, delivering 100 specially curated events.
Highlights from the Festival include a ‘Festival carpool’, immersive music performances, a FarGo Village takeover and events featuring Konnie Huq, Jack Monroe, Alice Roberts, Claudia Hammond and the BBC’s The Sky at Night – to name a few.
Alongside Cadent, also sponsoring the Festival are Jaguar Land Rover and Lubrizol.

Professor Stuart Croft, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Warwick, said: “We are delighted that industry leaders Jaguar Land Rover, Cadent, Lubrizol, and Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership are supporting us in putting on a must-see event in our city and region.

"We look forward to welcoming members of the public, businesses and researchers from across the region, the UK and further afield to our campus to learn more about our research, the breadth of the Midlands’ technological skills and to build a legacy for public engagement with science and engineering across the region.”
Local residents are now able to book to attend the Festival’s events, by visiting the website:


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